Today: February 24 2018
Best fairground Geneva Motor Show, held from the 9 19 on March called the Bugatti stand. The award in this nomination is awarded by the Club of Advertising and Public Relations 14 recent years. "The jury chose the Bugatti stand for efficient design on a small exhibition area, stand elements workmanship and detail", - says the automaker's statement. At the stand of the brand in Geneva it was shown only one car - painted in dark blue hypercar Chiron, one of the first collected by the client machines.
The North American division of Volvo has published an advertising video of the hybrid crossover XC90. The campaign was named Highway Robbery ("Robbery on the High Road"). The video, shot in collaboration with the US agency Gray, indicates that the plug-in hybrid is able to "move around on gasoline, electricity, and other cars." Volvo and Gray have created a special system based on the principle of the peristaltic pump. Its main component was a special soft cloth with integrated into the inside pipes filled with water. At the end of March, the canvas was installed on one of the roads in southern California.
Motorsport Bentley Motorsport will take part in more than 90 GT racing world-class series. This will be the most ambitious racing program in the history of the brand. Team Bentley Team M-Sport will take part in the championship Blancpain GT Series, and the pilots to participate in the stages of Blancpain Endurance Series will Ripe racer Wolfgang (Wolfgang Reip). "Over the past two seasons we have several times entered into a serious fight with Wolfgang in the races, after which we decided to invite him to take part in our tests.
The company Tesla received 276 thousand pre-orders for its most affordable model - electric Model 3, presented on Friday, 1 April. About this on his official page on Twitter was written by the head of the brand Ilon Mask. The head of the automaker also noted that for the first 24 hours after the beginning of the acceptance of preliminary applications Tesla ordered 180 thousand copies of Model 3. The average price of each car ordered, taking into account the options is about 42 thousand dollars. On his Twitter page, Mask announced that the base version of Model 3 will be a rear-wheel drive version. Four driving wheels will be offered for the electric car as an option.
Administration of the Nürburgring race track canceled the speed limit on the "Nordschleife". Thus, it again will allow automakers to fight on track for new record lap time. Speed limits have been established in the past year after the accident, the pilot factory team "Nissan" on Jan Mardenboro VLN race series. Then the death of one member of the audience, and several people were injured. Speed limits have been established, including, on the longest straight Dottinger Hohe (250 kilometers per hour) in the area Flugplatz (200 kilometers per hour) and Tiergarten (200 kilometers per hour).
The Japanese team of Gazoo Racing, which builds tuning and racing cars for Toyota, published the first photos of the C-HR crossover prepared for the 24 Hour of the Nurburgring. The tests were carried out at the Fuji Speedway. The serial version of the crossover C-HR debuted in March. The model is built on a modular platform and is offered with a hybrid power unit based on the 1,8-liter petrol engine. Also for vsedorozhnika available 115-strong turbo unit 1.2 and two-liter atmospheric, working in tandem with a variator. Details about the power plant racing Toyota C-HR yet. It is assumed that the car will receive a turbocharged engine of a small volume.
The company Jaguar is going to resume production of the model XKSS, which the automaker calls "the world's first supercar." Original cars were produced in 1957 year. The Jaguar XKSS is a road version of the D-Type sports car that won Le Mans three times in a row in the middle of the 1950. In January 1957, one of the founders of the brand - William Lyons - decided to remake the remaining 25 copies of D-Type in road cars, which were named XKSS. From the D-Type the road model differs, for example, with a large windshield, an additional door on the passenger side, and the absence of a separator between the seats and the fin behind the driver.
One of the copies of the three-wheeled microcar Peel P50, produced in the UK with 1962 for 1965 year, was sold at RM Sotheby's auction, which was held in Florida. An unnamed buyer paid for the car, repeatedly recognized as "the smallest in the world", 176 thousand dollars. It is reported that this car is one of the 26-type Peel P50, preserved to this day. The total circulation of the issue was 47 copies. The owner of the car sold at the auction until this point was an American collector. Peel P50 became famous thanks to the car show Top Gear. In the third episode of the tenth season, aired in 2007, Jeremy Clarkson traveled to him on the BBC office.
At the American auction Bonhams', held in mid-March on the island of Amelia Island in Florida, was sold sports car Bugatti 57SC Sports Tourer sample 1937 year. The car went under the hammer for 9,73 million dollars. According to the representatives of the auction house, this car is not only "the most expensive Bugatti 57S ever sold at auction, but also the most valuable pre-war car exhibited on Amelia Island. The initial price of the copy was 6 million dollars. The owner of the sports car was a private collector from the United States, whose name is not called. Sold Bugatti 57SC Sports Tourer was delivered in 1937 year new to New York, and a year later is shown at the motor show in London. The car is equipped with 3,3-liter eight-cylinder engine capacity of 200 horsepower.
The company Lamborghini fully restored the first copy of the coupe Miura SV 1971 year of release. The "revival" of the sports car was timed to the 50-year anniversary of the Miura model, which appeared in 1966 year. The work was entrusted to the division of Lamborghini Polo Storico, which specializes in the restoration and maintenance of old machines of the company. It took about a year for the sports car to return to its original state. The specialists reconstructed a pre-production Miura SV with a chassis numbered 4846, which was shown in the spring of 1971 at the Geneva Motor Show. Italians have completely touched 3,9-liter twelve-cylinder engine and five-step mechanical box.
The company BMW introduced a new prototype, which received the name Vision Next 100. The concept car, equipped with an autonomous management system, is dedicated to the centenary of the founding of the brand. The prototype has two modes of operation - Boost and Ease. In the first case, the control of the car is transmitted to the driver, and the projection display, which occupies the entire area of the windshield, shows information about the speed and trajectory of the passage of turns. In addition, in bad weather conditions and low visibility, information on vehicles that cross the Vision Next 100 trajectory will appear on the screen.
The American company Genovation Cars set a world speed record among electric cars, which are allowed to drive on public roads. Achievement - 300,6 kilometers per hour - was officially recorded by the International Mile Racing Association (IMRA). The record was installed on the coupe Genovation GXE, created on the basis of the supercar Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2006 year of release. The car was equipped with an electric motor, developing over 700 horsepower and 813 Nm of torque. The coupe is capable of dialing "hundred" in about three seconds, and a set of batteries allows the coupe to go without recharging to 210 kilometers. The race took place at the end of February on the runway of the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
The Liechtenstein-based nanoFlowcell company said that it had tested the "quantum" electric car Quantino, which drove without stopping more than 14 hours. The premiere of the pre-series version of the new model took place at the Geneva Motor Show. In the tests that were held at the training ground in Zurich, Switzerland, the chief engineer of nanoFlowcell Nunzio La Vecchia took part. He was behind the wheel of a car moving in a circle for 14 hours with an average speed of 74 kilometers per hour, simulating a city traffic cycle. After the tests, the 175-liter fuel tanks of the prototype remained filled at 78 percent. "The machine could move on, but unlike Quantino, my capabilities have their limits," said La Vecchia.
The company Nissan next year will launch in the series Qashqai, equipped with an autonomous control system. Crossover will be the first European car brand with a similar technology. The manufacturer announced this in the framework of the Geneva Motor Show. "Kashkay" will be equipped with a system that will allow the car without the driver to move along the highway, but only within the same band. Subsequently, Nissan will improve its autopilot - the electronics will be able to rebuild the car to neighboring lanes if there is a collision risk. By 2020, the company expects to introduce the technology Inner-city, which will independently drive the car through a dense urban stream, pass complicated interchanges and intersections.
The company Apollo Automobil GmbH, which is the assignee of the German manufacturer of sports cars Gumpert, introduced a new model - Arrow ("Strela"). The premiere of the 1000-strong coupe took place at the Geneva Motor Show. The weight of the car was 1300 kilograms. Apollo Arrow received a mid-engine layout, a carbon body and gull-wing doors. Supercar equipped with a four-liter twin-turbo "eight", developing 1000 horsepower and 1000 Nm of torque. The engine is combined with a seven-speed sequential gearbox. Apollo Arrow is able to dial the first "hundred" for 2,9 seconds, and to accelerate to 200 kilometers per hour, it takes 8,8 seconds.
Google's self-managed car with an artificial intelligence system crashed into a city bus in the US state of California, which was the first case of a traffic accident involving this car without a driver, reports Reuters on Monday. According to the agency, the incident occurred 14 February in the city of Mountain View, but it is reported only now. A self-managed Lexus car tried to go around sacks of sand on the road when it crashed into the bus. It is reported that the person who was in the car, "thought that the bus will slow down and give (self-managed car) Google to drive." As a result of an accident, the car damaged the left side of the bus, the front wheel and the front sensor of the driver.
Commission of Formula 1, which includes representatives of the teams of the Grand Prix, approved changes in the appearance of fireballs. With 2017, the cars of the championship will become heavier and wider, which should increase the downforce, speed and shorten the lap time. With 2017, the cars will have wider front and rear tires, front and rear fender and the body itself. The wing will become lower, but the track will remain the same. The weight of the car along with the tires will increase from the minimum allowable 702 kilograms to 722 kilograms. In addition, the team once again supported the introduction of a new head protection system - the so-called closed cockpit. Priority is the option offered by the Mercedes AMG team.
Volvo introduced the restyled hatchback V40 and its all-terrain modification Cross Country, which received a number of stylistic changes in the exterior. In particular, five-doors have got new headlights with T-shaped LED daytime running lights, called "Thor's Hammer". Previously, this stylistic element was used on the second generation XC90 SUV, as well as on the S90 sedan and the V90 station wagon. For the Volvo V40, there will be five body color colors and eight wheel design options. In addition, the Swedes have expanded the capabilities of the mobile application Volvo On Call. Now a number of functions of the car can be managed not only with the "smart" clock Apple Watch and Android Wear, but also with the gadget Microsoft Band 2. In addition, the application will be able to work with mobile phones on the operating system Windows 10.
The company Land Rover will release the next-generation Defender SUV not earlier than 2019 year, although it was previously assumed that the model will appear in 2018 year. About this, with reference to its own source, the publication of Autocar. The original Land Rover Defender, which was produced for 68 years, was finally removed from the assembly line in late January 2016. The next generation model, which will be built on an aluminum platform, will share many components with the current Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) alliance cars. The British are planning to turn the Defender into a whole family of cars, which includes three-door versions with an open and closed body, a pickup truck, and a five-door version with a third row of seats.
Young British company Riversimple published teasers of its first model, which will receive a hydrogen power unit. The premiere of the novelty will be on Wednesday, 17 February. The weight of the car will be 520 kilograms. The machine will be equipped with a power unit on fuel cells with an output of 8,5 kilowatt, four electric motors (one in each wheel) and a power regeneration system during braking. The novelty will be able to accelerate from place to 55 miles per hour (89 kilometers per hour) in nine seconds, and its maximum range will be about 300 miles (483 kilometers). Full refueling of fuel tanks with hydrogen should not take more than three minutes.
Edition Prototype 0 learned new details about an extreme version of the supercar Pagani Huayra, which will premiere in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Giving six-liter twelve-engine compartment of the motor will increase to up to 730 830 horsepower. Forced engine will be combined with advanced seven-step "robot". Coupe will get reworked chassis with a high proportion of carbon fiber components. Weight Pagani Huayra BC will decrease by 150 kilos - to 1200 kilos. Coupe will receive additional air inlets in the bumper, the other side "skirt" and enlarged rear diffuser.